It’s the third snow day in 7 days, and the long hours spent curled up under blankets watching thick snowflakes swirl outside are a much-welcomed relief from the stress of clinics. By some stroke of luck, I’m on my ambulatory rotation, where 4th-year students are not considered essential personnel and so are not required to come in if the hospital is closed. It’s a 50-minute commute to the large animal ambulatory clinic in Woodstock, CT so between road conditions and power outages calling a snow day was very sensible.
There are 2 months left until graduation, and less than a week left of core rotations before I start a bunch of elective rotations on services in which I have more interest. To be honest, I was expecting to suffer “senioritis” long before this. I’ve dealt with both mild and severe bouts of burnout during my 15 months of clinics and found that it’s very hard to recover without taking a vacation week to decompress.
Since these snow days have been unplanned, I’ve largely spent the time sleeping or catching up on the multitude of small tasks that accumulate like the snow outside: negotiating job contract details, researching apartments, deciding how to fill my last few elective weeks, and hammering out graduation details with family and friends. All of these things are not simply “one-and-done,” but require steadily chipping away at the mountain of work. But it has been glorious to have time to spend reading. I’ve missed it, I truly have. Sure, sometimes the reading is made difficult by the dancing flames of candlelight if the power’s out, but it’s always worth it.
So although I may have to layer on sweaters and pull out the thick socks, the tranquility of a snow day has been a most welcome balm. Snow on, my friends!